Media Advisory: Disrupting Disparities: Solutions for LGBTQ New Yorkers Age 50+ Press Event

Those of Color Hit Hardest; AARP NY, AARP Foundation & SAGE to present Disrupting Disparities: Solutions for LGBTQ New Yorkers Age 50+

WHAT: More than half a century after Stonewall launched progress for the LGBTQ population, nearly a third of LGBTQ New Yorkers are over the age of 50 – yet many still face countless disparities accessing inclusive mental and physical health care, experiencing social isolation, and maintaining economic security, according to a new, first of its kind report.

WHEN:  January 28, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Via Zoom:

WHO: Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation

Beth Finkel, AARP New York State Director

Michael Adams, CEO, SAGE

Nii-Quartelai Quartey, Senior Advisor & National LGBT Liaison, Multicultural Leadership, AARP

Matt McMorrow, Statewide Director of LGBTQ Affairs, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office

NYS Senators Brad Hoylman, Rachel May (Aging Committee Chair), and Jabari Brisport

NYS Assembly Members Harry Bronson (former Aging Committee Chair), Dick Gottfried (Health Committee Chair), Ron Kim (Aging Committee Chair), Danny O’Donnell and David Weprin.

WHY: The Stonewall generation fought for LGBTQ rights, but this rapidly growing elder population still faces disparities rooted in discrimination, a lack of legal and social recognition, a reliance on chosen family, reduced access to inclusive services, and other social barriers to health and well-being.

While LGBTQ older people are resilient, these and other unique challenges have severe negative health, economic, and social implications that demand action.

This new report includes an array of policy and legislative solutions that can serve as a roadmap for elected officials and policymakers primarily at the State but also at local levels of government – as with AARP New York’s launch of the Disrupt Disparities initiative in January 2018, Disrupt Disparities 2.0 in January 2020 and Disrupt Disparities 3.0 in November 2020.

Contacts: Christina Da Costa (SAGE), 917-553-3328,; Erik Kriss (AARP New York), 518-360-9213,


SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older people. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers. SAGE also advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT elders, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT community organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competency training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE also coordinates SAGENet, a growing network of affiliates in the United States. Learn more at